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Legal responsibilities and powers in ESV are arranged in a single stream. This is:

The Director has statutory responsibilities for:

  • achieving the objectives of ESV and the performance of its functions and exercise of its powers in such a manner as it considers best achieves its objectives as specified in the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and the Gas Safety Act 1997 and any other Act,
  • promoting the efficient, effective and ethical use of ESV’s resources in accordance with the Director’s obligations under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1994 (FMA Act:
    • to improve financial administration of the public sector,
    • to make better provision for the accountability of the public sector, and
    • to provide for annual reporting to the Parliament by departments and public sector bodies.

Consistent with section 8 of the FMA Act and Ministerial Direction 2.2, the Director has established the Audit and Risk Committee (Committee), to assist in the discharging his responsibilities. The Committee is supported by two sub-committees covering risk and Information management systems, which also advise the Director and Executive Management Board.

View ESV’s Governance structure

Audit and Risk Committee

ESV’s Audit and Risk Committee oversees and reviews the processes of management and the internal and external audit functions with a view to assisting the Director in achieving his governance responsibilities.

The Committee’s role is to assist the Director and in the discharge of responsibilities for risk management, financial reporting, compliance, internal control systems, audit activities and any other matters referred to him, by the Minister or the Government.


The Audit and Risk Committee Charter outlines the Committee’s mission, roles and responsibilities, and the Committee’s direction.

Dr Anne Astin PSM (Chairperson)

Anne is a former CEO of Dairy Food Safety Victoria and has held a number of senior executive and management positions in the Victorian public sector. She is Chair of Food Agility, Chair of William Angliss Institute of TAFE, Chair of Wellsprings for Women Inc (a not-for-profit organisation that provides integration and training programs to isolated women) and a Director of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd. She is a Council member of Catholic Social Services Victoria, a Member of CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Advisory Committee and the Commonwealth’s representative on Australia and New Zealand’s Health Star Rating Advisory Committee. Anne is the Chair of ESV’s Risk Management Committee.

Joh Barker

A Certified Practising Accountant, Johanna (Joh) Barker was previously an executive with ANZ Ltd from 2004 – 2012 with responsibility for a number of departments including risk and performance management across both operations and innovation. Prior to this she held senior roles with leading IT and consulting firms including IBM. For more than 20 years she has been contributing her expertise in business, finance, auditing and risk in both the private and public domain. This has included Chair of the Royal Showgrounds Joint Venture from 2007-2014, Executive Director for SMS Ltd, and an independent member of the Victorian Government Shared Services Advisory Board and Goulburn Valley Water. Joh is currently a Board member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at CenITex. Joh is also the Chair of ESV’s Information Management Governance Committee.

Steve Schinck

Steve is a consultant with Landell Consulting specialising in procurement and governance, and holds a business degree with majors in accounting and economics. Steve spent 16 years as a senior director with the Department of Treasury and Finance and his experience includes financial management, policy reform, corporate planning and governance, human resource strategy, risk management and audit. Steve is a member of the Yarra Ranges Council Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Old Treasury Reserve Building Committee of Management. Steve was previously Chair of Manningham Community Health Services and a member of the Audit Committee for the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Laurinda Gardner

Laurinda Gardner is a board director, organisational change consultant and career coach. Laurinda has over 25 years senior executive experience and was formerly a Deputy Secretary with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and a Director at the City of Melbourne. She is a member of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Chairs the Commission’s Audit and Risk Committee. She is also on the Board of the Victorian Planning Authority and was a government appointed Administrator of the City of Greater Geelong in 2016 – 2017.

Laurinda has led large operational teams across diverse disciplines including: organisational reform, human resources, strategic and business planning, communications, town planning, stakeholder engagement, IT, finance and risk. Laurinda often performs the role of ‘trusted adviser’ to CEOs, has extensive experience on public sector and not for profit boards and is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).